Due to COVID-19, our offices are temporarily closed but our staff continues to work remotely and will be available by email and phone to assist you.

Carolina Small Business offers services that go far beyond your loan—a variety of specialized programs and services to help small businesses thrive in their communities. Our goal is to help grow sustainable businesses that will make a significant economic impact in our communities. From brainstorming a business idea to applying for a loan, we are there every step of the way to help you and your business succeed.

What We Offer

One-on-one Assistance and Business Coaching

We provide one-on-one assistance and business coaching through two programs designed to support small businesses. One of these programs is the Carolina Small Business Capital Acquisition Required Education Seminars, Carolina Small Business CARES, a specialized program designed to provide education, coaching and assistance to small businesses in underserved communities.

Educational Opportunities

Build your business skills and your network by participating in educational seminars, webinars and training events that we host across the state, in partnership with universities, colleges, Small Business Center and other organizations. Carolina Small Business can also help you to secure scholarship support to participate in these empowering experiences that will help you and your business to grow.

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Need help starting and managing a business, working out your
finances, and generally finding the right resources for you?

We have a list of resources in one place so that you can find what you need, from business
plans to financial templates, to information on interactive courses.

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How You Can Participate

Apply for a Loan

Businesses applying for a loan from Carolina Small Business will be required to complete a business needs assessment. This assessment will be used to develop a customized Action Plan, based on your business needs.

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Request Assistance

If you would like to request one-on-one technical assistance, you can complete our Request for Counseling form. Our business services staff will contact you within two business days.

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Explore Events

Our seminars and trainings cover a wide range of topics, including financial management, access to capital, marketing, and much more. Take a look at our events to find out what is coming up in your area.

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If you’re not sure which of these options is right for you, or if you have any questions, you may contact services@carolinasmallbusiness.org.

Carolina Small Business CARES

Carolina Small Business Capital Acquisition Required Education Services

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Western Women's Business Center

The mission of the WWBC is to provide capital, high quality technical assistance, and programs that reduce barriers and serve as a catalyst to the success of women entrepreneurs in Western North Carolina.

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center

Carolina Small Business Development Fund in partnership with Shaw University has established an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. The Center’s purpose is to: inspire, connect, encourage, and support startups, students and existing entrepreneurs.

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We're passionate about helping others realize their dreams. But its only possible with your support.

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Research Program

Our work is shaped by evidence-based and apolitical research highlighting why small businesses are the foundation of economic development.

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Programa Empresarial Latino

Nuestra misión es proporcionar servicios de préstamos, asistencia técnica y herramientas de gestión empresarial a los empresarios hispanos y la comunidad latina en Carolina del Norte; en especial a aquellos que están social o económicamente en desventaja o desatendidos.

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